Lessons Learned in the Job Search
Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search
I was speaking with Mike, one of our Executives Network members, recently about his job search. He said it was certainly the hardest thing he’d ever done. And while he felt like he was close to landing, he had a few lessons he learned in the process.
WHEN TO PREP FOR THE INTERVIEW
Don’t prep for the interview until you actually have the interview scheduled. Mike spent countless hours prepping for the idea of a “next” interview, only to have the interview not come to fruition. “What a waste of time!” he said.
I’ve heard this before from many others as well. It’s almost like you have to experience the concept multiple times before you get it through your thick skull. But it’s hard sometimes. You may have had the best interview ever. And maybe it was. For you. But maybe it was the 10th best for the company, and before you’re ever going to see your nameplate on an office door at that company, you’ll need nine lives to get fed elsewhere.
Remember, it’s all relative. Just because you think you are the one, doesn’t mean they do – no matter how great the previous meeting was!
This reminds me of a woman I met recently. She was so confident of being selected for the next round of interviews that she created an entire business plan for the company. When she found out she wasn’t going to get that second chance, she lost it. I mean she went crazy. She was dumbfounded. And yet continued to pursue the opportunity. At one point she should’ve realized there’s a fine line between persistence and annoyance. And she crossed it by a large margin!
KEEP THE PIPELINE FULL
Mike also talked about the importance of keeping the pipeline full. If you’re in sales, this is probably second nature. But many others don’t often think about this. Mike said that the time he spent prepping for the interviews that never happened could’ve been better spent filling the pipeline. He’s been amazed how many positions “disappear” in this market. Whether it’s an acquisition, change of leadership, hiring freeze, you name it.
But, the more opportunities in the pipeline, the less any single opportunity needs to be the holy grail. Plus, managing a number of opportunities (versus just one), gives you more confidence and power in the job search process. Don’t forget, while the company is juggling multiple candidates, you too should be juggling multiple companies.
STAY IN THE GAME
It seems like the biggest lesson of all is to just keep at it. No matter how difficult it gets. No matter how frustrated you become. No matter how many times you fall. You need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the game. Because that’s exactly where you’re going to find your next opportunity.